TRANSPORT improvements, cutting red tape and making the most of Brexit have been highlighted as priorities for the Conservatives’ candidate for South Yorkshire mayor.
Businessman Clive Watkinson said he wanted to wage war on bureaucracy for both individuals and businesses, adding: “I want less form filling, less pointless meetings and more action.
“Brexit has released us from EU bureaucracy and I’ll make use of that to create new opportunities for all.
“I will be the strong voice South Yorkshire needs, and I’ll take everyone with me rather than taking them for granted.
“But I also want my campaign to show my passion for my home county and knowledge and experience I have gained from living and working here and why this makes me the best candidate to become South Yorkshire Mayor in May.”
Mr Watkinson is managing director of Barnsley firm J. C. Snell and a director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
After being selected last week as the Tory candidate in the May 5 election, he said: “South Yorkshire has always been my home and I understand the people, the issues and what needs to be done to solve them.
“I cannot wait to get campaigning to talk to people about my plans and priorities to improve the lives of everyone living and working here.
“We have a huge potential here in South Yorkshire and as mayor I want to unlock that and create a real powerhouse that will benefit every single person and every business in the region.”
Bex Whyman, who works as a senior analyst, is the Green’s candidate and Oliver Coppard, a long-time campaigner and students’ union trustee, will fight it out for Labour.
Barnsley entrepreneur Simon Biltcliffe has been selected by the Yorkshire Party, while the Lib Dems have yet to declare their candidate.